Tamil Eelam dejected but not defeated

In the first of two play-off matches for 5th-8th place in the VIVA World Cup, Tamil Eelam suffered a heavy defeat by a rampant Occitanian side. In a lively encounter, Occitania managed to keep possession and condemn the Leopards to their worst defeat so far in the tournament. Tamil Eelam, donning the black and white away jersey, was once again supported by several fans in the stadium, proudly carrying their flags. The game was dominated by Occitania from the start, although the Leopards did have a few runs on goal. Tamil Eelam was only down 1:0 by the half time whistle, thanks to another...

Tamil Eelam's promising display, despite loss to Zanzibar

The stadium falls silent for Student Uprising Day (Manavar Eluchi Naal), before kick-off between Tamil Eelam and Zanzibar (Pictures: GTYL) After impressing the public with a strong display against Raetia, Tamil Eelam’s national team went on to face tournament favourites Zanzibar today at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil. After a brave and disciplined fight against one of the tournament favourites, Tamil Eelam lost 3:0. After the national anthems were played, the teams lined up around the centre circle and the stadium stood still, as a minute’s silence was observed to mark Student Uprising...

Tamil Eelam makes international football debut

The Tamil Eelam Football squad. From left to right: Ragesh Nambiar, Menan Nagulendran, Gajan Premkumar, Pushpalingam Kandavanam, Sanjev Jayaingam, Janarthan Sadacharalingam, Lakshman Vairavamoorthy, Arun Vigneswararajah, Mahy Nambiar, Rathish Nalliah, RoshBiraveen Nallathamby, Kirishanth Thavarajah Photographs courtesy of Global Tamil Youth League . The national football team of Tamil Eelam played their first international match against Raetia at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Iraqi Kurdistan. After a tightly contested match, which was dominated by Tamil Eelam, Raetia won 1:0, after a late goal...

Tamil Eelam prepares for first match at VIVA World Cup

The national team of Tamil Eelam trained for the first time for the VIVA World Cup 2012 in Erbil, Kurdistan, ahead of their first match against Raetia on Tuesday at 20:30 AST. *** NEWS JUST IN - the match will be screened LIVE*** 20:30 Arabia Standard Time Tamil Eelam 23:00 / UK 18:30/ Toronto & NYC 13:30/ Paris 17:30/ KL 01:30/ Sydney 03:30/ NZ 05:30/ Chennai 23:00 See here or here The players enjoyed a team lunch together at the Erbil International Hotel, before setting out for the training grounds, where they prepared for their first match with an intensive session, with temperatures...

Team Tamil Eelam arrive in Erbil

Photographs courtesy of TEFA As Tamil Eelam's football team arrives in Erbil, Kurdistan and get stuck into a heavy day of training for their first match in the VIVA 2012 World Cup, Tamil Guardian spoke to the organising body of the Tamileelam FA (TEFA) - Global Tamil Youth League (T-League). Find more photographs of the team's journey and arrival in Erbil below. Team Tamil Eelam's football shirts packed up and ready to go Transcript of i nterview with Braveen Nagendram (BN), spokesperson for Global Tamil Youth League and member of Giovanni Tamil, Italy : TG: We've been following the progress...

Tamil Eelam gets ready for VIVA World Cup

The Tamil Eelam football team is set to make its debut entry at the VIVA World Cup, due to commence in Kurdistan next week.

French Tamils mark Mullivaiakkal

Tamils across France gathered in Paris earlier this month, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Mullivaiakkal massacre. Thousands of Tamils attended the remembrance event, which was addressed by parliamentarians all expressing their solidarity with the Tamil people. Commencing at Severin outside the Supreme Court of France, the crowd marched through Paris, ending in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower, where several speakers addressed the crowd. Former Minister for Youth Affairs and National Assembly Member Marie-George Buffet told the crowd that she, 'would always be supportive of the Tamils...

German Tamils mark May 18th

German Tamils held events across Germany in remembrance of the victims of Mullivaikkal. Events took place in Berlin, Saarbrücken, Landau, Sinsheim and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Whilst people paid their respects by laying flowers, Tamil youth handed out leaflets detailing the on-gong atrocities taking place in the North-East, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled. The plaque, placed along side an apple tree, read: "Like the apple tree planted into the soil, so should the memories of the tens of thousands of murdered Tamils be deeply rooted in our thoughts."

Los Angeles students raise awareness of genocide with bake sale

A group of students in Los Angeles have hosted a bake sale to highlight the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, after learning about genocide in their high school classes. Held in Beverly Hills, hundreds of dollars were raised as passersby were drawn to the sale of cakes, cookies and wristbands. The students who began to research the genocide on the island, felt particularly passionate about what had happened and decided to try and raise awareness about the issue. Speaking to TamilNet , they said, "We searched videos and read articles of the Sri Lankan people and we felt that it was...

Tamils in Italy raise awareness in remembrance of Mullivaikal

Photographs: A remembrance event held in Reggio Emilia. Remembrance events were held in Italy earlier this week, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Mullivaiakal massacre which claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives in 2009. In the city of Reggio Emilia, the Council of Eelam Tamil Italy (CETI) and Giovani Tamil organised an event to commemorate the genocide in the city square. Placing 40 bricks in the square, to represent the estimated 40,000 civilians massacred in the final stages of the armed conflict, the event drew a large crowd. Flyers were handed out by the organisation members, who...

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